Forced Marriage: Who, if, when to marry: It's a choice

March 8, 2018

Information from South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario: WHAT IS A FORCED MARRIAGE? A marriage is something that must be entered into with the full and free will of the people getting married. Both individuals should feel that the marriage is something that they have chosen for themselves, with full and free choice.

Forced marriage is a practice in which a marriage takes place without the free consent of the individuals getting married, where pressure or abuse is used to "force" one or both people to marry against their will.

A forced marriage can happen to anyone, of any gender, of any age.

FORCED MARRIAGES ARE A FORM OF VIOLENCE. If you or someone you know is being forced into a marriage, help and advice is available. This violence may take emotional, mental, or physical forms, where an individual may be "forced" by: using threats, beating them, isolating them, using restrictions on them, inducing guilt, and many such forms of coercion.

In some cases, individuals may be taken abroad to be forced to marry. A marriage that is forced is a form of violence and an abuse of human rights. It is against the law in Canada to force someone to get married.

Emergency help is available.

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